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NASA revelation: How Neil deGrasse Tyson outlined plan to colonise Mars 'in 10 months'

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON outlined the only was NASA would put humans on Mars in under a year during a conversation with Larry King in 2017.

On October 8, 2015, NASA published its strategy for human exploration and colonisation of Mars. The concept operates through three distinct phases leading up to fully sustained civilisation on the Red Planet. The first stage, already under way, is the "Earth Reliant" phase, this will continue to use the International Space Station until 2024, validating deep space technologies and studying the effects of long-duration space missions on the human body.

The second stage, "Proving Ground," ventures into cislunar space for most of its tasks, to test deep-space habitation facilities, and validate capabilities required for human exploration of Mars.

Finally, phase three, the “Earth Independent” stage includes long-term missions on the Red Planet with surface habitats that only require routine maintenance, and the harvesting of Martian resources for fuel, water, and building materials.

NASA hopes to complete all three sometime in the 2030s, but Neil deGrasse Tyson says it can be accomplished in just 10 months.

Larry King asked the astrophysicist why he hadn’t been to space in 2017, to which Tyson admitted: “I would like to go to space, but only if you can send me some place.

Neil deGrasse Tyson says we could get to Mars in 10 months (Image: GETTY/LARRY KING)Tyson was speaking to Larry King in 2017 (Image: LARRY KING)

“I don’t want to like boldly go where hundreds have gone before, driving around the block like the Space Shuttle.

“It would be fun to see Earth, but I’d rather wait until we can actually go somewhere – take me to Mars.

“Just to put this in context, if I take a schoolroom globe and ask you, relative to that size, how far is the Space Station?

“It’s three-eighths of an inch.

“And somehow we’re all convinced that it’s space – no – not to me, not to an astrophysicist.”

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Dr Tyson wants to conquer the Solar System (Image: GETTY)

Spurred on by the conversation of the Red Planet, King asked how long it will really be until it is colonised.

To which Dr Tyson had a surprising response.

He said:: “There are only two ways we can get to Mars – one is if China says they want to put military on Mars – we’d be there in 10 months.

“One month to design, build and engineer the spacecraft, nine to get there.

“You don’t want war to be the driver, even though that’s what got us to the Moon.

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Tyson revealed all on the Moon landings (Image: GETTY)NASA plans to visit Mars in 2030 (Image: GETTY)

“We don’t remember that era being war-driven, but the Russians were our threat and the Moon was the new high ground.”

Dr Tyson went on to make a surprising admission about the famous Apollo 11 mission.

He continued: “So another completely noble goal, at least in capitalist culture, you do it because there can be a strong economic return to your culture or nation.

“If we were really candid with ourselves, we wouldn’t actually remember our role in that Space Race as pioneers, because, in fact, we were primarily reactive to what Russia did, not proactive.

“They put a Sputnik [satellite into orbit], we go ballistic literally and figuratively and we founded NASA.

NASA budget since the Moon landings (Image: DX)

“Then they put a human in orbit, we put a human in orbit, everything we did was a reaction.”

In November 2015, Administrator Bolden of NASA reaffirmed the goal of sending humans to Mars.

He laid out 2030 as the date of a crewed surface landing, and noted that planned 2020 Mars rover would support the human mission.

However, in March 2019, Vice President Mike Pence declared "American Astronauts will walk on the Moon again before the end of 2024, by any means necessary".

This reportedly pushed back the space agency's Mars aspirations.

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